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Keep Off The Grass

Published 1969

Tom gets in trouble when his mother finds a joint in his room. Instead of punishing Tom, his father challenges him to learn more about marijuanas evil effects on society. Nobody gets killed in this Sid Davis film, yet Tom still learns a harsh lesson after being mugged by druggies and learning that his best friend sells pot to school children

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Production Company Sid Davis Productions
Audio/Visual sound, color
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Reviewer: splue - favorite - July 5, 2011
Subject: college students
r better at hiding

their homework jeez
Reviewer: kfinn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2011
Subject: Public Domain?
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Reviewer: redhead doll - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2010
Subject: reefer madness in the 1960s
Oh no! more lies for the masses.
i wonder if this film was made before that wierd summer of hate, before Alamount/Rolling stones concert,and the family of manson ?
After those horrid things happend the world looked once again at the hippy pothead as some kind of alien.
P.S if Mom + Dad lying about affects of grass,why wouldnt they lie about affects of other , harder drugs? Good parenting all around there.
Not funny enough to be good, not bad enough to be funny.
I recommend you get some friend around and have a long session watching this movie.
Reviewer: videofreakboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2008
Subject: Look for character actor Al Checco....
Al Checco, who played the studio boss in Blake Edwards "The Party",as well as a host of other tv and film roles, plays the Dad in this. It's not listed on his IMDB entry, though. Just thought I'd point that out :)

Anyway, great film to light one up to.
Reviewer: RetroXana - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2008
Subject: Guest Star
. . . and starring Stiffler from 'American Pie' as "Tom"! (j/k) Ah, Sid, Sid, Sid . . .
Reviewer: Lilyguin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2007
Subject: great film
That was great! The helpful policeman with the pot display was pure genius.
I learned that if testing proves marijuana is safe I should use it. Any good ideas had on pot should be ignored because you always end up doing stuff you shouldn`t bother with, so just get more high and mellow out. Hippies are more fun when you`re high too. You can meet really interesting people if you use drugs. It`s okay to drink and smoke, and drugged out muggers are surprisingly nice.
I am going all of that with me for a long time.
Reviewer: BustedPrptr8tr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2007
Subject: You're not going to believe this!
Anyone see the guy, "Jim", being busted? First of all, his real name is Bob. It was HIS mother in the beginning (Tom's mom) and that's his real house they used. AS a matter of fact, the producer is Bob's 'uncle' Sid.

I'm Bob, "HI Bob!!", and I have to respond to these reviews with a resounding, RIGHT ON!!!. My uncle was a wonderful guy, very energetic and productive. He was also an egomaniacal hypocrite. The best use for this film is either as an example to kids as to how stupid propaganda films were made and how they did not work OR as a cure for the terminally serious.

Getting "busted" was pretty crazy for me. I was a heavy pot smoker, yet I was never arrested. Lucky. Oh, and my mom (vacuuming in the beginning of the movie) was also known to smoke a joint now and then! Actually, everyone associated with that film smoked pot except for Sid!! I'm not sure about the cops, however. Knowing cops, though, they are some of the biggest hypocrites alive and I would suspect that they smoked whenever they liked and with whomever they wanted. In fact, they often got their stashes from those that they confiscated.

Notice the constant observations of how "cool" the cops were, and polite, etc.? That was the worst propaganda in the film by far, as far as I am concerned. 5 FIVE STARS for laughable bull____, and 1 one star for the research that went into this pile of cr_p! Sorry, uncle Sid, but you knew how I felt.
Reviewer: Diaboyos - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2006
Subject: Nice Film
The film is out-of-sync in parts but it is still a nice watch for the stoner vegging on a couch!
Reviewer: bobair - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2006
Subject: Drugs are for the severely retarded.
The only people in this world who would use drugs that have no value are completely insane.Oh you left-wing freaks may have issues but to bad for you stinking dopers,grow-up and stop taking drugs.
Reviewer: Patchouli-Stinkin' Hippy - favorite - November 10, 2006
Subject: HA-HA-HA
This is great. Imagine showing this to a classroom full of high school students today: they'd laugh you out of the room.
Reviewer: autoguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2006
Subject: Pick Your Poison!
Yes Tom, maybe it's stupid, but it's the legal poison you should choose. Poison for large corporate profits and high levels of taxation. Tom should be running stop signs while drunk as skunk from boozing it up every day like his pop. Running stop signs while "blowing pot" is simply not an acceptable way of endangering public safety. Being a lush every night is "earned" by putting in a hard days work Tom. Consuming mind altering intoxicants will only lead to more dangerous intoxicants, but somehow, consuming alcohol does not. So, if you run a stop sign and almost kill somebody, make sure it's because you are drunk and wanted to go get more booze or tobacco, or get home from the bar using only personal transportation provided by the automobile industry. Is ANY of this getting through your damned thick skull Tom?
Reviewer: sys64738 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2006
Subject: Hilarious!
The same anti-pot propaganda as always, but in a corny fun way.

I don't live in the USA, i live in Sweden and pot is illegal here too, and the same arguments is used here too.

I for one have smoked pot now and then without becoming a criminal junkie, and i wish the politicians would come to their senses and legalize it.
Reviewer: TheLustyGhost - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2006
Subject: Scratches
I haven't finished downloading the film yet, but from what I can see in the screenshots and the previous reviewer's description, those green scratchees are most likely because the pint was sold as "slug" - filmn used to fill in the silent passages in the sound track(s) on an old-style editing rig. Because old 16mm film is cheaper than mag stock, editors typically use it between the actual sound clips in the music, dialogue and sfx tracks. Film sold as slug was scratched to keep small theaters/distributors from screening or reselling the films.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2006
Although his name doesnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt appear at all, and I didnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt know until I read some of the background material associated with the film, Keep Off The Grass just SCREAMS Sid Davis. Although this film runs a wee bit too long, this was a fun exploration at all the clichÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂés one could imagine in a film like this. This is all about how marijuana is still being tested for itÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs long-term effects, so noone really knows anything about it, but weÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂre going to get on our high horse anyways and tell you how bad it is. TomÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs Mom is understandably alarmed when she finds a marijuana cigarette among TomÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs belonigings, so Dad has a chat with his son and tells about how bad they are, while of course, puffing on a cigarette and downing some alcohol. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂItÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs not the same!ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂàDad bellows.

So, kids, itÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs better to smoke and drink then use drugs, remember that.
Reviewer: permafried - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2005
Subject: hypocricy at its finest
Go beer!
Boo pot!

But seriously, this movie contains the coolest word ive heard in a long time. they refer to the guy that runs the headshop as a "psychedelicatessen"

too cool.

also, somebody has visually butchered this video by adding persistent green "scratch marks" through the whole thing to make it look old or something. They are very distracting and have obviously beed added by applying a filter in some video editing program.
Reviewer: martini66 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2005
Subject: Keep off the cheeze!
Dorky, white-collar, ivy league look into the far too hip world of "psychedelia". Mom finds weed in the kids room,
so instead of smacking the shit out of him, (which believe me would have been the norm for that era), he & dad will just have a friendly fireside "chat" about it. Riiiiiiight.
The kid's father is chain smoking the whole time and should have been speaking from an oxygen tent. The father is disturbing somehow, and his image keeps popping up in "I told you so" flashbacks that are so frightening that I would have moved directly into heavy narcotics and skipped the pot altogether.
About as realistic as taking your mother shopping with you for a bong.
Reviewer: MediaWhore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2004
Subject: Blowin Pot
Great anti pot propoganda film chock full of hypocritical comparisions between marijuana and alcohol.
Reviewer: adambarnum - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2004
Subject: Worth a look
This is a propaganda film made to not look like a propaganda film. Not as outrageous as the older films.
Reviewer: trafalgar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2004
Subject: Classic!
The definitive anti-grass film! Young Tom (who's so brilliant he wears white while working on his car's engine) has a talk with his Dad, after Mom accidentally discovers his stash. While lighting up a cigarette, Dad tells Tom of the dangers of pot smoking. Tom decides to go out into the world and find out the truth. He attends a pot party, visits a head shop, meets with a hippie artist, witnesses a pot bust, talks with a friendly police officer, and finally decides to "Keep Off the Grass". Through the narration, we learn that it's OK for the older generation to have a drink to relax, because they've spent all day accomplishing something, whereas these kids are just "blowing" pot to escape from reality...
To borrow a phrase from Spuzz, this is a must-see on this site!!!
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